Korg M1

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The M1 was and still is a popular and widely used digital synthesizer and music workstation. The M1 features built-in AI Synthesis for full digital generation and processing using 4MB of PCM sampled and synthesized waveforms which can be shaped using analog-style editing. The M1 is capable of creating acoustic instruments with clarity, nice digital sounds and good buzzy techno sounds. The M1 is sort of like a workstation-version of the Roland D-50.

In addition to its acclaimed sound, it has a somewhat sophisticated 8-track sequencer. It holds 10 songs and 100 patterns and up to 7,700 notes, and offers full quantizing and editing. Full MIDI implementation suites the M1 ideally for studio production and MIDI system use. Up to 8 parts of multitimbrality with the 8 track sequencer makes for a powerful machine. Add to that a host of digital multi-effects and you've got one of the most widely and professionally used Korg synthesizers around.

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UPGRADES: The EXK-M1 optional ROM expansion kit doubles the PCM waveform memory to 8MB (275 multisampled sounds) for even greater sonic possibilities. The EX-M1R is the same upgrade but designed for the M1R (rack version). That's right, there's a rack version of the M1 available as the M1R as well.

The M1 has been used by 808 State, Banco De Gaia, Ken Ishii, Depeche Mode, Fluke, The Cure, The Orb, The KLF, Plastikman, Bomb The Bass, Gary Numan, Robert Miles, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro, Rick Wakeman, Rod Argent, Joe Zawinul, Patrick Moraz, Pet Shop Boys, Vangelis, the Cranberries, Sin and Jellyfish.

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stu
September 13, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Can anyone suggest a good patch for a solo synth sound in combi mode on the korg M1 similar to the synth solo in I Want To Break Free by Queen. I'm struggling to get a nice sawtooth sound I can use for soloing
Rick
September 11, 2012 @ 7:03 pm
The M1 has horrible piano sounds that interestingly enough became widely used for their ability to cut through a mix. I never enjoyed its organs, Ep or piano sounds. Nice strings and guitars though plus real drum samples. I bought the T3 and sold it after a few months and bought a D50 for brass And organs and a DX7IIFD for EP
elroy weebler
September 8, 2012 @ 5:51 am
i haven't yet succumbed to the temptation of the $49 plugin version of the M1 complete with every single PCM card; so far my real one keeps me very happy. isn't it funny how everyone knows this synth and holds it in high regard even today, but only old timers remember the roland d50? it's the sound that says it all; the M1 is warm and happy, the d-50 is (unusually for roland) very chilly and grainy. i had them both at one time. guess which one i sold. the one i ended up keeping, safe to say, is my desert island synth. the M1 is not only the voice of my childhood, but of my entire generation's.
g-love
September 2, 2012 @ 3:10 am
You all failed to mention Angela Winbush as a notable user.
paradox148
August 28, 2012 @ 10:39 pm
It was my first professional grade synthesizer, and still my most beloved one. For years I have beaten my head for having traded it in for a dude.

Until now!!!!

Korg had resurrected the M1 in a virtual form: the Legacy Edition! You can buy it for a song and it also actually come for free as part of a bundle(plus many other goodies!) with any Korg controller keyboard purchase. Now I am in 7th Heaven!!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 4MB PCM waveforms (144 multisampled sounds)
  • Effects - Digital multi-effects: reverb, delay, overdrive, EQ, chorus, rotary speaker, and more.
  • Filter - VDF: Variable Digital Lowpass Filter, velocity sensitive (non-resonant)
  • VCA - VDA: Variable Digital Amplifier; 3 independent 4-stage ADSR envelope generators
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with Velocity, Aftertouch, Multi, Layer, Split modes
  • Memory - 100 patches
  • Control - MIDI (8 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1988-94

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